Summary: Problem with ps

From: Christopher E. Olaes (
Date: Thu Jul 31 1997 - 15:40:58 CDT

Here is my original message:

>Hi Everyone,
>I am having a problem with ps.
>Here is what happens when I run it
>186]colaes_apollo% /usr/bin/ps
>ps: malloc() for device table failed, Not enough space
>I am running Solaris 2.4 with all the latest Recommended and Security patches.
>Does anyone know how to fix this......
>Please help and I will summarize


As most of you pointed out, I might be out of memory or out
of swap..... I checked the stats through swap and it seemed
like I had enough space, but after I killed a couple of
processes that looked like were hung... The error message went

Most of you told me to reboot the system, and some said to
clear out /tmp, but first make a temporary swap file using

     prompt# mkfile 64m /var/tmp/swap_file
     prompt# swap -a /var/tmp/swap_file
Thanks to all that replied
 Jim Harmon
 Kevin Sheehan
 James Musso
 Charles Gagnon
 Rich Snyder
 Kevin M. Woods
 Tom Vayda
 Christopher L. Barnard
 Mike Salehi
 KG-Chenthil Kumar
 Andrew Watkins,R13

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